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Washington and Lee Again Named a “Great College to Work For”

— by on July 20th, 2015

Washington and Lee University is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The results, released in the newspaper’s eighth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of 281 colleges and universities. The entire community of W&L faculty, administrators and staff received the survey, and the overall response rate was 52 percent.

In all, only 86 institutions are recognized as a 2015 Great College to Work For. W&L won honors in the Job Satisfaction and Support and Work/Life Balance categories. Job Satisfaction and Support provides insight into the satisfaction with job fit, autonomy, and resources. The Work/Life Balance category is based on policies that give employees the flexibility to manage their personal lives.

“Washington and Lee is fortunate to have terrific employees,” said W&L President Kenneth P. Ruscio. “Their hard work helps make W&L one of the best liberal arts universities in the country. Every employee in every position plays a role in delivering a quality education to our undergraduates and law students.”

To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle turned to ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide.

Editor Liz McMillen said the annual survey “shows how the colleges and universities on the list are getting it right: They’re leaders in creating environments where smart people enjoy their work. The selection process is rigorous and being named to the list is a tremendous accomplishment, but it also positions colleges and universities well to recruit the people that make them a success.”